America’s booksellers, librarians, and teachers
have long been on the front lines of the battle against censorship. In
support of these daily efforts, Random House Children’s Books is
pleased to present the First Amendment First Aid Kit to address the needs
of booksellers and educators.
Today the fundamental freedom to read is facing more challenges than ever. Children’s books, in particular, are constant targets of book-banning efforts in school systems and public libraries.
The year 2015 marks the thirty-fourth year of celebrating Banned Books Week, and Random House Children’s Books is committed to those who stand against censorship. Fifteen of our books have appeared on the American Library Association’s list of the one hundred most frequently challenged books since the Office for Intellectual Freedom began surveying in 1990. Despite these instances of censorship, we continue to publish books that celebrate the freedom of expression. We are proud to support our authors’ right to write and our readers’ right to read.
With this First Amendment Kit, we ask you, the educators and librarians who are confronted with censorship issues each and every day, to join with us in utilizing these resources to put this issue front and center in classrooms and libraries all over the country. By drawing attention to the issue of censorship, we hope to inspire a passion for securing the freedom to read within young readers everywhere.
For more information on Banned Books Week, visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/.
“[I]t’s not just the books under
fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be
written. The books that will never be read. And all due to
the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the
“Restriction of free thought and free speech is
the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American
act that could most easily defeat us.”
—Supreme Court Justice
William O. Douglas